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Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network Conversation Series – Webinar Registration

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Training

Aug, 26, 2020 @ 11:30 AM: The Latest News on Testing, Cohorting, and Critical Infection Prevention Strategies In partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Project ECHO is mobilizing our national network of ECHO partners to rapidly deploy COVID-19 ECHO programs to train mentor, and support nursing home staff on infection prevention and control. With support from …

UTIs – AMDAs Infection Advisory Subcommittee

Angie Szumlinski Health

Despite being anong the most common infections, the diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) remains challenging, particularly among residents of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. Insufficient awareness of evidence-based guidelines regarding UTIs, entrenched practice partners, as well as pressure from other staff and concerned family members can all contribute to over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic use for presumed …

Combatting Multi-Drug Resistance in Nursing Homes – Per the CDC

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

“Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) do not discriminate, they spread in all health care settings. From our unique vantage point at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are witnessing the emergence of novel MDROs across the country, which are causing life-threatening infections with limited to no available treatments. Public health efforts to detect and contain these pathogens have …

Managing Nursing Home Infections

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recently published an article regarding the progress and challenges in managing nursing home infections. The article states that infections are one of the leading causes of death and hospitalization for residents in post-acute and long-term care settings. With the aging population, increasing complexity of care and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, …

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health

The spread of COVID-19- Person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure to a person infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Droplets can land in the mouths, noses, or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of those within close …

Infection Control Preventionist

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

On November 28, 2019, CMS implemented the role “Infection preventionist” for long term care facilities as defined in F882. This term is used for the person(s) designated by the facility to be responsible for the infection prevention and control program and requires specific, individual, detailed training, qualifications, and hourly requirements as described below: The Infection Preventionist (IP) must have primary …

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Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance for Memory Care Units

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are especially challenging to implement in dedicated memory care units where numerous residents with cognitive impairment reside together. For example, residents can have a difficult time following recommended infection prevention practices such as social distancing, washing their hands, avoiding touching their face, and wearing a cloth face covering for source control. Changes to …

Warning

Infection Control Signage

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The CDC has released updated precautions to take to keep COVID-19 from entering your facility. Please review (and use!) the below signs to ensure all who enter are aware of what precautions they should be taking. New Signage Available: Airborne Precautions Airborne Precautions (Spanish Version) Contact Precautions Contact Precautions (Spanish Version) Droplet Precautions Droplet Precautions (Spanish Version) Droplet Precautions (Special- …